Monochrome Monday… Experimenting with bellows…

BobbinBobbin
Yashica FX-D Quartz, Yashica ML 50mm f/1.9, f16; – Kentmere Pan 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

I’ve recently been experimenting macro photography using a set of bellows between a Yashica FX-D Quartz and a standard 50mm lens… it’s not the easiest setup to use, if getting the camera in the right place is difficult then keeping it still is nigh on impossible!

This cotton bobbin is roughly 25mm in diameter and only a slight crop has been applied to the image. The bellows were set to give 40mm of extension which gives (according to my calculations) a magnification of 1.1x, slightly larger than life-size.

More experimentation and practice is definitely needed…

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Gate hinge, September 2020

Gate hinge, September 2020Gate hinge, September 2020
Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5, 1/60s, f5.6; – Kentmere Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10½ mins at 20°c.

Another pic from my recently repaired Olympus OM-2N.

The Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5 lens I received as a 50th birthday gift in March 2020 is definitely my ‘standard’ lens for the OM system at the moment but I have just acquired a Zuiko MC Auto-S 50mm f/1.4 so that may be about to change…

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Marshall’s Lock, Codnor Park

Marshall's Lock, Codnor ParkMarshall’s Lock, Codnor Park
Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5, 1/60s, f8; – Kentmere Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10½ mins at 20°c.

Today’s pic is from the first roll through my my Olympus OM-2N since having it repaired last year by PPP Cameras and I’m so happy to have it back in action!

I do enjoy strolling beside canals, even when (as here) they’ve been abandoned for years… the Friends of the Cromford Canal do have long-term plans to restore this section though so perhaps one day I’ll be able to photograph boats here?

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Howe Lane Crossing

Howe Lane CrossingHowe Lane Crossing
Nikon F-801s, AF NIKKOR 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 at 50mm, 1/60s, f8; – Kentmere Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10½ mins at 20°c.

Railways and shadows… two things guaranteed to attract my lens! 😁

Howe Lane Crossing in Goxhill is on the railway line that runs from Barton-upon-Humber to Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire and with only one one train every two hours it definitely isn’t the busiest crossing in the country!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Mercia Marina on Kentmere Pan 400

From Friday’s film disappointment (Foma Retropan 320) to a film I’m really beginning to love… Kentmere Pan 400.

Mercia Marina, January 2020Mercia Marina, January 2020
Nikon FE, Zoom-NIKKOR 43˜86mm f/3.5 AI at 43mm, 1/250s, f8½ – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

Mercia Marina (off the Trent & Mersey Canal in South Derbyshire) is an odd mix of old boats and new buildings and it made for an interesting ‘Photography Friday’ outing back in January.

I was testing a (new to me) Nikon FE and shooting an inexpensive black & white film made sense as I’d just started home developing again.

Kentmere Pan 400 is certainly more contrasty than the Retropan and whilst still grainy, it’s a more ‘crisp’ grain that I rather like.

I’ve just bought some Kentmere Pan 100… let’s see what that’s like?